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Audrey Abella, Yesterday
A systematic review and meta-analysis evaluating two percutaneous ablation techniques – microwave ablation (MWA) and radiofrequency ablation (RFA) – showed that the former fared better than the latter in reducing local tumour progression (LTP) rates in individuals with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and/or liver metastases.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 5 days ago

Adults hospitalized for liver abscess due to Klebsiella pneumoniae (K. pneumoniae) could be treated with oral rather than intravenous (IV) antibiotics, according to a trial from Singapore.

Audrey Abella, 6 days ago
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) may improve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), according to the follow-up results of the ACTIB* trial.
03 Nov 2019
In paediatric patients with ulcerative colitis (UC), nonadherence to mesalazine negatively affects its therapeutic efficacy and may, in turn, result in treatment escalation, according to data from PROTECT.
01 Nov 2019
Discontinuation of antitumour necrosis factor (anti-TNF) therapy for perianal Crohn’s disease is highly likely to lead to relapse, with some patients even requiring defunctioning surgery, according to a study conducted across Asia.
31 Oct 2019
Infants born extremely low birth weight (ELBW) are likely to require gastrostomy tube placement, especially those with severe neonatal morbidities, a recent study has found.
31 Oct 2019
Treatment with the antitumour necrosis factor alpha appears to be beneficial in paediatric and adolescent patients with ulcerative colitis (UC), leading to lower colectomy rates within a period of 5 years and termination of corticosteroid use after 12 months, as shown in a recent study.
Special Reports
17 Jul 2019
All Helicobacters are urease-positive, able to convert aminoacids and urea into ammonia to neutralize stomach acid, andhighly mobile – characteristics that help them invade the mucosallayer to evade the body’s immune response. Helicobacter pylori(H. pylori) is linked to peptic ulcer disease, chronic gastritis,gastric mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue lymphoma, andearly gastric cancer. The infection rate of H. pylori is over 80% indeveloping countries and 20–50% in industrialized nations, withover 4.4 billion people testing positive for the bacteria in 2015.1,2
19 Jun 2018
There is an increasing number of studies that shed light on the importance of our gut microbiota. Probiotics are live microorganisms that confer health benefits on the host when administered in adequate amounts. With new data emerging about their proposed benefits in maintaining intestinal health, probiotics continue to gain popularity amongst consumers.
Dr Joslyn Ngu, 04 Dec 2017

Advancements in genomics has paved the way for better classifications of colorectal cancers (CRC) and the use of precision therapy.

12 Jul 2017
DUKORAL – Inactivated Vibrio cholerae O1 serogroup & recombinant cholera toxin B subunit (WC/rCTB) vaccine (oral) – AJ Biologics
04 Jan 2017
Recently, randomized controlled trials and guidelines have brought to light the benefits of extending the duration of H. pylori treatment. Below are summaries of guidelines and trials examining the regimens used to manage the infection.
14 Dec 2016
At the recent Annual Scientific Congress of the Malaysian Society of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (GUT 2016), held at Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, an expert from Hong Kong spoke on the role of direct-acting antivirals as well as pan-genotypic agents that are set to revolutionize hepatitis C treatment.
Jairia Dela Cruz, 06 Dec 2016
Sorafenib appears to be well-tolerated in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), with the subgroup of Child-Pugh B patients having a shorter treatment duration and higher serious adverse event (SAE) incidence, according to the results of a subgroup analysis of GIDEON*.
Conference Reports
Roshini Claire Anthony, 15 Jul 2019

The combination of TAS-118 and oxaliplatin led to significantly greater survival compared with the S-1 and cisplatin combination in patients with metastatic or recurrent HER2-negative gastric cancer, the phase III SOLAR* study showed.

Roshini Claire Anthony, 12 Jul 2019

Reducing the dose of regorafenib did little to affect the overall tolerability of the drug in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC), according to the phase II REARRANGE* trial presented at ESMO GI 2019.

Pearl Toh, 11 Jul 2019
The survival benefit with ramucirumab was consistent in patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and high alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) levels regardless of whether they were previously treated with transarterial chemoembolization (TACE), a post hoc analysis of pooled data from the REACH/REACH-2 studies shows.
Elaine Soliven, 11 Jul 2019
Adding bevacizumab to trifluridine/tipiracil (FTD/TPI) significantly improves progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) compared with FTD/TPI in patients with chemorefractory metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC), according to a study presented at ESMO GI 2019.
Pearl Toh, 09 Jul 2019
A triple-drug combination therapy comprising encorafenib, binimetinib, and cetuximab significantly improved survival compared with the current standard of care chemotherapy in patients with BRAF V600E-mutant metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) who had failed one or two prior treatments, according to the BEACON CRC study presented at the recent ESMO World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer (ESMO GI).
Roshini Claire Anthony, 10 May 2019

Treatment with the direct-acting antiviral (DAA) combination of glecaprevir and pibrentasvir led to encouraging sustained virological response (SVR) among individuals with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, results of two real-world studies presented at the International Liver Congress (ILC 2019) showed.

Roshini Claire Anthony, 07 May 2019

The trend in liver disease-related mortality in individuals with HIV has changed, with a reduction in the incidence of viral hepatitis-related deaths and an increase in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)-related deaths, according to a study presented at the International Liver Congress (ILC 2019).

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